# 000 ALGORITHM

 
 

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ALGORITHM
The next time you hear someone talking about algorithms, replace the term with “God” and ask yourself if the meaning changes. Our supposedly algorithmic culture is not a material phenomenon so much as a devotional one, a supplication made to the computers people have allowed to replace gods in their minds, even as they simultaneously claim that science has made us impervious to religion.
 Ian Bogost, The Cathedral of Computation. Jan 15, 2015, The Atlantic
 
 

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Algorithm: A process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer. Origin: Late 17th century (denoting the Arabic or decimal notation of numbers): variant (influenced by Greek arithmos 'number') of Middle English algorism, via Old French from medieval Latin algorismus. The Arabic source, al-Kwārizmī 'the man of Kwārizm' (now Khiva), was a name given to the 9th-century mathematician Abū Ja‘far Muhammad ibn Mūsa, author of widely translated works on algebra and arithmetic.
 
Oxford English Dictionary

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